Samford University


August 13, 2012

Our Story

In a front-page story in today’s edition of The Birmingham News, Dr. Pattie Neill of our Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies admits that she knew she wanted to be a teacher when she helped a classmate learn vocabulary words.  She was six years old.  Since those early days, Dr. Neill’s career has encompassed virtually every aspect of public school education, and for the next six months she will be the interim superintendent for the Trussville schools.  Best wishes to her as she undertakes this important assignment.

The world is better because Samford encourages social and civic responsibility . . . and service to others. 

Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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